Cyrus S. Poonawalla

Cyrus S. Poonawalla (born in 1941), also known as the “vaccine king of India”, is an Indian Parsi businessman, and the chairman of Poonawalla Group, which includes Serum Institute of India, the Indian biotech company that manufactures paediatric vaccines.


Cyrus Poonawalla was born in a Parsi family. His father was a horse breeder. He was married to Villoo Poonawalla, who died in 2010. They have a son, Adar, who currently works as the CEO of Serum Institute of India.



In May 2019, it was reported that Poonawalla, in partnership with Naum Koen, had proposed supplying Ukraine with 100 thousand doses of the measles vaccine for free vaccination.